The heart of A.A. is the group, which elects a general service representative (G.S.R). The G.S.R. attends district meetings that are made up of the groups in that district and any interested members of A.A. The G.S.R.s elect a D.C.M. Thus, the D.C.M. is a vital link between the G.S.R.s and the area service structure, including the area's Delegate to the General Service Conference.